Provided by Siuslaw National Forest Office
Yachats – Join us in the grand finale celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, 1964-2014, Saturday, September 6th from 1 – 3 p.m. at Cape Perpetua Visitors Center.
“All year has been a celebration of Wilderness and how important it is for people to experience untrammeled pristine areas,” stated Stacey Forson, Recreation and Lands Staff Officer for the Siuslaw National Forest. “On the Siuslaw National Forest our three wilderness areas – Drift Creek, Cummins Creek, and Rock Creek provide opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation which is what wilderness is all about.” Forson added.
Open House activities include a wilderness film festival showing in the visitor center theatre, Native American flute music, photo contest results, auction results from the Artist in Residence summer program, and a primitive tools exhibit. Desserts will be provided by interpretive partner Discover Your Northwest.
The schedule is as follows:
Wilderness Film Festival – showing in the Theatre
1:00 p.m. – “The Meaning of Wild” – 30 minutes. Take part in an epic journey through one our nation’s wildest landscapes to learn the true meaning of wild, with wildlife cameraman Ben Hamilton.
1:30 p.m. – “Untrammeled” – 27 minutes. Experience the personal emotions a horse- packing trip evokes in young men and woman, many who are experiencing wilderness for the very first time.
2:00 p.m. – “50 Years and Counting: Is Wilderness still Relevant?” – 30 minutes. Get inspired by retired Deputy Chief of the Forest Service, Jim Furnish as he makes a compelling case for the next 50 years of wilderness stewardship.
On-going 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
· Artist in Residence Program – Meet the artist Margie Lopez-Read
· Primitive Tools Exhibit 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Forest Service trails specialist
· Wilderness Exhibits
· Desserts available – Sponsored by Discover Your Northwest
2:30 p.m. Wrap-up Program
· People’s Choice Awards for Wilderness Photos
· Artist in Residence Program – Reveal highest bidders
· Informal Wrap-up and Reminiscence
All activities are free, although a federal day use pass is required for vehicles within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. This can be obtained at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.
On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.
Participating partners with the Wilderness 50th celebration include the City of Yachats, Angell Job Corps, Audubon Society and the Siuslaw National Forest.